Ah, Week 1. A time when we all can overreact and assume anything is possible.
It affects not only the fans and media, but players alike, apparently.
The New York Jets' Muhammad Wilkerson is feeling quite confident after his team's last-second, penalty-aided victory over the Buccaneers. And having seen his next opponent, the Patriots on Thursday in New England, struggle in Week 1, Wilkerson is confident that his team should beat them.
First, Wilkerson said that there was no reason why the Jets couldn't win. A perfectly reasonable and confident stance. Confidence is good.
Earlier in the day, on WFAN, Wilkerson took an even stronger position.
"We're going up to Foxborough and get this win," he said.
But apparently, this does not a "guarantee" make in Wilkerson's mind. Follow the logic here.
"I'm not saying I'm guaranteeing it, but I'm saying if we do our jobs and follow our game plan, I don't see why we wouldn't be 2-0," Wilkerson said. "We had a good game plan in the first game and we won, so why wouldn't I feel that way for this game? I'm here with these guys every day and I see all the hard work that myself and everybody else on this team is putting in. We can be a dominant defense."
Oh, OK. So he's promising a win? Pledging one? It matters not, really. What matters is that a week ago, the idea of the Jets beating the Patriots seemed pretty far-fetched. But with their relative struggles in Buffalo, and with the Jets riding a confident, professional-looking Geno Smith, we now must consider the possibility. Especially with the news that Week 1 Patriots hero Danny Amendola might miss this game.